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Veteran Kevin Kolb gets start at QB after missing time with knee injury

Kevin Kolb will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills in their preseason game Friday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

Bills coach Doug Marrone made the announcement after practice Wednesday night.

Kolb, who is competing with rookie EJ Manuel for the starting quarterback job, did not play in Buffalo's first preseason game because of a left knee injury.

Marrone said the decision was not a reflection of Manuel, who played well against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, and more about the competition at quarterback.

Kolb participated in team drills for the first time in over a week on Monday but took a big step forward Tuesday. On Tuesday, Kolb moved well in the pocket and did not appear to be hampered by the knee injury.